Asteroid’s Flyby on Video

The asteroid 4179 Toutatis recently passed within about 4.3 million miles from Earth. The Deep Space Network in Goldstone, CA captured a series of radar images Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 12 and 13), which someone kindly turned into a video. The asteroid is about 2.8 by 1.5 by 1.2 miles and is tumbling “like a badly thrown football”, spinning about its long axis every 5.4 days.


The Chinese lunar probe Chang’e 2 flew by the asteroid Dec. 13, but no images have been released yet.

FYI, Toutatis was a Celtic god.

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